WTH are we doing here?
This vest has been hugely popular among my fans, so I'm bringing it here to see if it's got enough support to be mass manufactured. I had been hand making it till around March, when I cut off orders. It was too much work for one person to make, and I'm that one person. I have been developing dresses and officewear with a factory based out of Los Angeles, and this vest would be not at all difficult for them to make.
So, why am I asking for so much? Well, even though I've patterned it and made it myself, I need my factory to do it all over again for mass production. I need them to really perfect the piece to make it fit all sizes (but this also means they can add things in like pockets! Because they're clever like that). They take the pattern and grade it up and down, using my grade scale, to make it fit the way I request. For my pieces, I like the plus sizes to have a little give, because curvy girls come in a variety of shapes. Some have bigger busts, some smaller. And I want them all to look great. Development costs around $1500. And we haven't even started making the production pieces!
Once patterns are set, then I have to get fabric and supplies. For 150 pieces, the minimum my factory would require on this vest, that's just under $1600 in fabric. Then I have to put down money for labor on the production. Labor would be just over $8400 for 150 pieces. This may seem high, but this is a US based factory, and they also are doing a very small run. They normally run double this number of pieces, if not way more. So they charge more for small runs.
Then shipping of the vests, and Kickstarter fees, combined are another $2800.
Made from a double scuba, this vest is plushy, stretchy, and comfortable. Described by one customer, the fabric 'Feels like a hug'.
Sizing is open, as the vest has no closure. The only measurement that matters is bust, as the vest should be have only a 2-4 inch opening in front. Production vest will be lined with a stretch lining, and I'm working on getting a welt pocket for a phone inside the vest, too.
The vest should be complete in Late November, Early December at the latest. Should ship well before Christmas, and in time for movie releases around Christmas, too ;)
HISTORY OF SUCCESS
Here are some of the previous pieces I've developed with my Los Angeles based factory!
If we can reach our goal of $14,500 and hit $20,000, then we can add in children's sized vests!
Risks and challenges
Since I've run multiple pieces with my factory already, and they always deliver on time if not early, the only challenge is if we don't raise the funds. I guess if the economy collapses or the factory shuts down that could suck. But my factory is not going anywhere, they've been around for a while and are going super strong.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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